Passing the buck. Why is there no accountability in public administration these days?

One day a rooster, the next day a feather duster

By LAURIE PATTON | 10 April 2020

Blame shifting between state and federal government agencies over how a cruise ship carrying people suspected to have been infected with the Coronavirus was allowed into the port of Sydney has shown up, yet again, the parlous state of public administration in this country.

We’ve had to establish a royal commission into the bushfires that caused death and massive destruction earlier in the year – having ignored recommnendations from several similar inquiries.

And decades of regulatory neglect were exposed by the Aged Care Royal Commission.

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